The Polaris integrated library system is a platform designed from the ground up to help librarians serve their communities by providing an open, functional and scalable solution designed for public and academic libraries.
Polaris includes a truly integrated discovery experience for your community – with features usually found only in extra cost solutions – such as relevance ranking, spell check and facets. Not only were we first to market with the completely integrated 3M Cloud e-book experience, but we are continuing to build on that success with other e-content providers including Overdrive and Axis 360.
The Polaris staff modules are richly functional and scale to support libraries and consortia of all sizes. In fact, our library management software is used to run the largest consortium in the North America!
While some of our competitors are now touting “open” systems, that’s old news for our customers. Polaris is built on an open Microsoft SQL server database platform, with a documented API that allows librarians and third-party developers to easily build applications that connect to the Polaris business logic. Polaris provides direct access to the data allowing you powerful, sophisticated, real time access to the data that matters.
Where your system sits is up to you. Polaris is available as a locally installed application, or can be hosted in our Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This gives us the real edge where it matters; the ability to provide the best support in the industry.
In addition to a robust core of functionality, Polaris customers have access to powerful library software solutions that connects them even closer to their communities such as:
- Community Profiles: the only software that truly connects the library to your community and features that information in the user experience.
- Fusion: a fully integrated collection management tool which allows patrons to search for and access digital content right in the public access catalog
- Polaris Social: a powerful social interface for libraries including an app that lets patrons search the catalog from within Facebook or from a library branded mobile device app
And coming in 2014, our state-of-the-art LEAP initiative moves your library into the future by optimizing Polaris functionality for the mobile environment.
Put it all together and Polaris gives your library and your community the best possible platform, for now and into the future.